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KCSMMHZ
Nov 26, 2012 9:30am PST
with water to prevent overheating. >> we used to take it from the tap, and when it got too warm we let it down the drain. but today we use it for our floor heating. >> the blue and green pipe conducts the heated water toward the storage depot. the business is owned by a german. he saved the factory from bankruptcy six years ago and to increase efficiency decided to use the warm water produced by the process for heating. the system has been up and running for a month -- just in time for winter. >> at the moment our energy costs are one million euros a year -- for electricity and gas -- and we hope this will help us save 10% to 15% in the upcoming years. >> the production is done in two shifts. these screws are exported as far away as china. the new heating system in the warehouse was funded by a special loan for energy efficiency. the warm water flows through pipes under the concrete floor. that doesn't just save energy costs. >> it used to be very cold in here before we got the heating. water would condense on the newly made screws, and that was very bad because the metal would start t
KCSMMHZ
Nov 17, 2012 8:00am PST
euros -- a loan they didn't even know existed. >> at the notary office back then, they told us to hurry up and sign. they didn't let us read the documents and they told us that if we didn't sign quickly, we'd also have to pay the notary fees, too. we always thought corruption happened only in latin america, that it didn't happen here in europe. we never thought that we would be cheated and lied to here, in spain, which is such a developed country. >> while we were filming here, the phone rang. it was the bank, suggesting a deal. if the condors pay the bank 10,000 euros, the rest of the second loan will be forgiven. but they'd lose their home, of course. >> it's very sad. we're leaving 14 years behind here in spain, and we have to start over again at zero. we're starting over at zero. >> the ecuadorian government has opened an advice center here in madrid. immigrants from latin america are leaving spain in droves. this year, up to 80,000 people from ecuador have packed their bags and gone home. the crisis shows no sign of abating, and many ecuadorian immigrants have fallen victim t
KCSMMHZ
Nov 5, 2012 2:30pm PST
clear that they want the person living in the white house to work harder to get us new jobs. >> president obama wants to keep his current address. but his republican challenger is also keen to move in. which of them gets the keys to the white house will be decided by voters. >> the most important issue is the economy. we need to get people back to work so our government and have the money it needs to perform the way it needs to. >> the economy because i know too many people who are not doing well because the economy is not been run the way it could be. >> the major issue this year in the election for me as the economy, the creation of jobs for americans rather than sink jobs shipped overseas to places like china. >> 9 out of 10 americans want to know how the candidates plan to create jobs. the unemployment rate remains high, despite economic growth. americans are shopping more freely again with consumer spending at its highest in five years. three out of four voters are also concerned about medical bills. the republicans say if they win, there will overturn obama's health ca
KCSMMHZ
Nov 30, 2012 6:00am PST
, putting pressure on russia, china and iran to stop supporting this regime, and then this would be useful, or supporting militarily the opposition or the interfering by the nato to make free zone and no-fly zone. >> reporter: russia and china have repeatedly vetoed u.n. security council resolutions on imposing sanctions against syria. without their support, the international efforts can only put limited pressure on president assad. diplomats here are still hoping their efforts will help in some part to end the conflict in syria. however, after 20 months of violence, they've learned getting peace will take time. akira saheki, nhk world, tokyo. >>> satellite images show north korea could be preparing to launch another rocket. researchers at johns hopkins university in the united states say they have observed the first two stages of what appears to be a long-range missile. these images of the launch site in tongchang-ri on the west coast of north korea were captured on monday. researchers say they show trailers carrying the first two stages of a three-stage rocket. they say north korean offi
KCSMMHZ
Nov 6, 2012 6:00am PST
manhattan and the city's other boroughs has become more high-tech. people will be using a new electronic system. they mark paper ballots then insert those into a scanner. it's the first time the system people will use the system in a u.s. presidential election. the results will start streaming in tuesday evening in united states. obama and romney will watch the returns come in from their respective home bases, chicago and boston. obama arrived in his hometown early in the morning with the first lady. the latest polls suggest the president and his republican rival remain locked in a dead heat. obama spent the final campaign day visiting three swing states including ohio. he criticized romney's economic policies, saying they would expand the wealth gap. romney also visited ohio along with three other battleground states. he said obama's work to fix the economy has ended in failure. >>> romney and obama spent a lot of their time during this campaign arguing about the economy, but they also sold voters on their foreign policy plans. they talked tough on china. however, they didn't flesh out
KCSMMHZ
Nov 30, 2012 2:30pm PST
a check now on how the markets reacted to all of that news. our correspondence sent us this report from frankfurt. >> the dax climbed for about 2% this week, and share prices have been pushed mainly by the rescue package for greece, but at this last trading day of the week, trading has been quite low. the positive trend continued, although there has been some bad news coming in, like the record high unemployment rate in the euro area and the fact that u.s. consumers spend less money in october. nevertheless, the mood is fine. investors hope the fiscal cliff in the u.s.a. can be avoided. >> let's get a closer look at friday's trading. with all that uncertainty in washington, traders were playing it cautious. in germany, the blue-chip dax broke a bit of a winning streak, only gaining fractionally. euro stoxx 50 was down on the day. in new york, trading is still under way. it is also not really doing a whole lot today. as for the euro against the dollar, it is above that key $1.30 level, trading for $ 1.3002. unemployment in the eurozone climbed to yet another record in october. and 1
KCSMMHZ
Nov 9, 2012 6:00am PST
. he told us more about the main players in china's transition of power. >> reporter: we've got an idea who will head up the next generation of leaders. we've heard their names before, xi jinpi xi jinping. we heard their names before and will be hearing them for years to come. they will be chosen for top party posts next week and unveiled to the world. analysts say xi will become president taking over for president hu jintao. >> chinese president xi jinping is 59 years old. communist party leaders named him vice chairman of the central commission in 2010. xi's taken an act i havi role in diploma city as well as domestic affairs. >> xi jinping's pather was a vice premier, so she became part of china's informal network. princelings gain power by taking advantage of their parents and status and ties to influential fingers. but xi didn't have it easy. authorities ousted his father and jailed him during the cultural revolution. xi was forced to work in the countryside as a teenager. he went to a prestigious university in beijing from 1975 to 1979. and then he spent the next quarter esse
KCSMMHZ
Nov 24, 2012 8:00am PST
technology a few young men are refining crude oil illegally. they tell us they sometimes produce several thousand liters of petrol a day. a simple hose pipe is meant to keep the facility from exploding. >> if we have better jobs, we will leave this one. you know, this is too dangerous for us. it's risky. about two or three times in this place, fire break out, and one of the guys working there, you can see his skin: he was caught in the fire, burned. >> they tap the crude oil secretly from the extensive pipeline system in the niger delta. life expectancy in the region is 40 -- ten years below the country's average. hundreds of these mini- refineries have sprung up in the past few months alone. the police and military turn a blind eye. >> well, this is nigeria. with a little money you can get yourself out from that place. they know that we are suffering. we are doing this as a result of poverty caused by unemployment. and they know this fact, and that is why when we cry to them they release whoever they arrested from the community, with a little money to bill them. >> in port harco
KCSMMHZ
Nov 15, 2012 2:30pm PST
they use violence of diplomatic means, they are always in a very difficult situation. things are not moving ahead, and it is a very volatile situation. you mentioned the war on syria. egypt is going in a very difficult direction. it is a quagmire, and you have to be careful the whole region does not explode. >> thank you so much for joining us here in studio. >> france's new prime minister has made his first official visit to germany, holding talks with german chancellor. at the top of the agenda was stagnant economic growth in france and europe generally. >> he told reporters that france remain committed to keeping greece in the eurozone and said it was in the interests of all eurozone countries to show solidarity with debt-stricken member states. for more on this now, we're joined from our parliamentary studios by our political correspondent. there's been an awful lot of talk about deteriorating franco- german relations recently. what can you say after this visit? >> for the last six months, there has been quite a bit of tension mainly because angela merkel came out during the
KCSMMHZ
Nov 28, 2012 2:30pm PST
. >> he insists that his decree is necessary for national security and is only temporary. >> police used tear gas to try to disperse the crowds, but the morning after mass protests, many demonstrators vowed to stay put. critics feel cheated. they say the president's decrees go against the spirit of egypt's revolution. the opposition once he is well on his way to becoming an islamist autocrat, not a precedent for all egyptians as promised. >> what you did to us, mr. president -- you divided the country in half. shame on you. >> tuesday's demonstrations lasted well into the night. some 300,000 people flooded onto tahrir square, numbers not seen since the fall of hosni mubarak. the crisis has mobilized egypt's political opposition, who called on protesters to stay put. there have been clashes with police. one demonstrator died of tear gas inhalation. public anger has spread to other cities in egypt. in alexandria, protesters attacked the local offices of the muslim brotherhood. pressure may be mounting, but so far, the president has shown no sign of giving in. >> many of those joining these
KCSMMHZ
Nov 4, 2012 10:00am PST
round of campaigning in battleground states. romney is using a new strategy to win over voters ahead of tuesday's election. the latest poll by abc news and the washington post suggests obama and romney both have support rates of 48%. romney is focusing on wisconsin, one of the swing states where obama is said to have a lead. >> the contacts made in wisconsin over the last months have just blown everybody away, and i want to thank you for the work you're doing. that's going to help us get this victory. >> romney is likely to still have a chance of winning if he takes wisconsin, even if he loses another key state, ohio. the republican challenger is also running more tv ads in pennsylvania, michigan, and minnesota. obama is expected to win more votes from the electoral college made up of electors allocated to each state. >> if you are willing to work with me and knock on doors with me and make some phone calls with me and turn out with me and grab your friends and neighbors and co-workers and get them to the polls for me, we'll win wisconsin, we'll win this election. >> obama is gaining mo
KCSMMHZ
Nov 19, 2012 5:30pm PST
26 years. myanmar's leaders will use it to refurbish a thermal power plant in yangon. japan's government will extend the loans in february next year at the earliest. myanmar's to foreign investors. >>> letting out a small sigh of relief. trade agreement. joins us from the business desk. what's the story here? >> as you know, political tensions have tied up in parts of east asia. and that has affected business activity and trade but now japan, china, and south korea will have free lateral trade talks on tuesday as they put aside recent diplomatic tensions. will meet on the sidelines of the east asia summit in cambodia. the delegates are the trade minister, china's commerce minister, and south korea's chief trade negotiator. administrators have agreed in may during talks in beijing to begin negotiations by year end. but it took them awhile to deliver on their promise due to territorial disputes. japanese leaders are aiming to build on the fda to improve its ties with china and south korea. also on tuesday in cambodia, the t ten-member association and regional partners including
KCSMMHZ
Nov 23, 2012 2:30pm PST
. >> our correspondent has been covering the summit for us in brussels. what happens now? there must be real anxiety among those eu countries that rely on this type of funding. >> after the meeting, the council president stressed that there was consensus among all the eu member states that they are working toward a budget of growth, and that is an important message to send to the poorer countries because areas like the agricultural policy seemed to be safe from further cuts. those are areas where especially poorer regions benefit, so that is good news. ahead of the summit, positions seem to be even further apart than they are now -- seemed to be even further apart than they are now. it is coming to a compromise, but the general feeling is one that they are trying to get towards a deal where positions still our part, and that is why they need a second ago. >> what do you leaders think they can achieve at the next summit that they could not achieve at this one? >> now it is time to go home and do some homework -- crunch some numbers, of course, but most importantly, positions are a lot
KCSMMHZ
Nov 16, 2012 2:30pm PST
use its influence to help broker rate peace deal. on a visit to gaza are, of the egyptian and prime minister announced the is really assaults like to buy the hamas leader. >> post-revolutionary egypt, will make every effort to stop these attacks and to ensure the rights of the palestinian people. >> israel says they will halt their attacks only will they stop firing rockets out their people. coming within striking distance of tel aviv and jerusalem, they seem unlikely to opt for restraint. >> with the latest? >> we understand from reports in gaza that there are more airstrikes and there was another step by the military launching in the arms birds of jerusalem. this is about 20 kilometers south of jerusalem. nobody was injured as this exploded and the results of a speech by president of boss in which he appeared to the egyptians to help a low lilly fighting. he also tried to speak for all the palestinians. also on the political efforts, they will be meeting tonight to discuss for the developments and talk about the tunisian foreign minister coming in tomorrow. >> there are some signs
KCSMMHZ
Nov 14, 2012 6:00am PST
james tengan is in beijing covering all of this for us. >> people in china and abroad spent a lot of time speculating about this transition of power. but with just hours to go, few in this country of 1.3 billion know exactly what their leadership will look like when they wake up in the morning. that's being worked out behind closed doors. before those negotiations began, communist party members ended the meeting they hold every five years. about 2300 delegates gathered in the great hall of the people in beijing. the party's outgoing general secretary president hu jintao delivered his closing address. >> translator: all party members should unite under the party character hold high the great banner of socialism. >> president hu has managed to carve out a place alongside the communist party's past leaders. members of the congress agree to incorporate a concept he supports into party policy. it's known as the scientific outlook on development and advocates growth that takes into account social and environmental needs. delegates also voted to pick the roughly 200 members who will sit on
KCSMMHZ
Nov 5, 2012 5:30pm PST
>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it's tuesday, november 6th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. financial leaders of nations gathered in mexico. say they'll do everything necessary to achieve global growth. the finance ministers and central bank governors issued a joint statement on monday at the end of their two-day meeting. they said global growth remains modest and downside risks are still elevated. they warned against possible delays in tackling europe's debt problems. they also warned of the u.s. fiscal cliff. fiscal austerity is expected to increase. the finance chiefs cautioned extreme belt tightening could trigger a further slowdown. they point to the failure so far for debt covering bonds. they have decided to present reliable reconstruction plans for 2016 and beyond. called for growth strategies along with fiscal reform. they urge nations in fiscal good standing to step up to stimulate growth. now, it's not only the financial leaders who are worried about the slowdown. yuko fukushima joins us from the desk. how are investors feeling these
KCSMMHZ
Nov 26, 2012 2:30pm PST
confidence in the search for a compromise. they're asking him to use restraint. >> democracy means the rule of law and the division of powers. therefore, i appeal to the egyptian leadership to seek a compromise. >> that is what the demonstrators in cairo are looking for. they vow to continue until he meets their demands. >> for the latest on the story, we are joined now from cairo, and he is following the events there. the president is trying to diffuse the situation and he is negotiating with senior judges. is there any sign of a compromise? >> not yet. the country is really waiting to see if he is going to give in and see if there will be a compromise. the only thing he underlined yesterday is the measure of glory. by substance, no compromise yet. >> what about the mood on the street compared with what you have experienced over the last 18 months? what is it like? >> the muslim brotherhood it is against all the other political institutions. they are unified as they never were before expect that in the military behind mubarrak. there are two big demonstrations tomorrow in cairo. one at the
KCSMMHZ
Nov 20, 2012 6:00am PST
gave a lecture at yangon university, a former stronghold of pro-democracy activists. he used the occasion to pressure the government to continue on the path of reform. >> and we recognize no two nations achieve these rights in exactly the same way, but there is no question that your count will be stronger if it draws on the strength of all of its people. that's what allows nations to succeed. >> why democracy and why we need reconciliation? this is the main important thing. >> i think this is very impressive, and i think his visit would lead a positive change. >> reporter: some observers criticized the visit. they said it was too soon to reward myanmar's leaders with a visit from the president of the united states. >> i don't think this is the right time for the president of the united states to visit burma. i don't think the president does enough to accept the highest level from the united states government. >> reporter: the u.s. administration decided to proceed with the trip despite those concerns. not only to promote the cause of reform in myanmar but also for strategic reaso
KCSMMHZ
Nov 13, 2012 2:30pm PST
has been following this from brussels, and he joins us now. is it clear yet if an increase will get this next tranche of bailout funds it is waiting for? >> it is not clear. after today's spat, greece is hoping that on the occasion of the next meeting, that could be cleared, but the problem is that some national governments -- sorry, some national parliaments, will have to approve this first. the timetable is tight. it is very difficult, and it was not at all clear from this meeting, which was dominated by the dispute between international monetary fund and the europe group ministers, just how quickly they could do that, but greece is saying it will be out of money, bankrupt, by friday november 16. they have got to raise money on international markets somehow, and they need the backing or at least the promise of that extra bailout to do that. it is a bit of a puzzle. >> how big is this difference of opinion we've been hearing about? >> big. what happened earlier today or late last night reflected the frustration in the international monetary fund at the constant pushing off, as it i
KCSMMHZ
Nov 28, 2012 6:00am PST
display. this year's show is by the master gardener. the theme of this creation is bond. he used old roof tiles to create two dragons. one parent, and one child. every few minutes, the lights change color. it symbolizes the evolving bond between parents, and their children. well those are the lights that point up at the trees and the artwork, but it is quite over there, and shift your focus from the trees down to the pond, you'll get a completely new image. these illuminated leaves are reflected onto the water, so the less wind, the clearer the image. right now, the condition is pretty good. the water is perfectly still, so you could get a great mirror shot. and that's exactly what photographers are here to do. they're here just to capture this perfectly symmetrical picture. and here's another. this bridge connects two old structures. they're both part of an important cultural property. for centuries people have said, its curved design looks like a dragon's back. the reflection of the dragon motif also attracts a lot of people. well, this light display here continues on until decembe
KCSMMHZ
Nov 19, 2012 6:00am PST
. but elsewhere, china is using its economic and cultural influence to win friends, including here in cambodia. the cambodian economy relies on china. nearly half of overseas investment over the past five years has come from china. chinese-funded buildings and roads are everywhere. at this market in central phnom penh from clothes to food, most of the goods on sale are imported from china. eight chinese language newspapers are published in cambodia, and it isn't only workers from china who read them. >> translator: chinese newspapers help me understand china well. as a student of chinese, i also find them useful through learning. >> more and more cambodians are learning chinese. about 50 chinese language schools operate in the country with instructors dispatched from china. >> translator: my mission is to teach chinese culture to people in cambodia. i contribute to deeper bilateral relations. >> translator: if i can speak chinese, i can get the good job and my future will be bright. >> the philippines is one country in direct disagreement with china over the south china sea. contested
KCSMMHZ
Nov 16, 2012 6:00am PST
tetuya endoh, who was in charge of japanese negotiations in north korea in the 1990s. please tell us, what's your take on this latest round of negotiations? >> seems to me in order to solve the difficult issues and problems, parties need to meet and discuss the matters. in this sense, ulan bator meeting this time was at least one step forward. in addition, the meeting decided to continue discussions later on and also the meeting covered a wide range of issue, including most difficult or perhaps abductions. >> so there was meaning to this meeting. what do you think is north korea's motivation to continue a dialogue with japan? they have been silent for quite a number of years. >> it is four years. it seems to me there were two reasons behind the stance of north korea. one is the new regime of kim jong-un, was just one years old, needed to improve living conditions of the people. to that end, they wanted -- they may have wanted to have better relations with japan. that's one reason. the second reason for north korea diplomatically, the united states is a most important country. they wo
KCSMMHZ
Nov 5, 2012 9:30am PST
ibrahim talks them through the hard part. the idea for the bamboo bikes originated in the us about 6 years ago. two years ago, ibrahim partnered with an austrian company. >> in the initial stage it was difficult. we didn't have all the tools, we were using our hands in cutting all the shapes. now we have tools that make the work easier. it used to take a week to build one bike but now it takes 3 to 4 days. they help me a lot. they bought me this jig for about $1500. >> making the steering column is one of the tricky bits. if the drill isn't in exactly the right place, all the hard work is for nothing. the bamboo is stabilized with% resin, which prevents it from splitting or getting damaged by pests. then the actual steering column is put in place and attached to the rear wheel and the parts are secured with a mixture of epoxy resin and fibers. while the glue dries, it's time to pick up the next load of bamboo. first ibrahim has to stop by a store. ibrahim gets his bamboo from this village. a new power supply line has been installed, but for the time being, there's no actual power. th
KCSMMHZ
Nov 12, 2012 5:30pm PST
>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it's tuesday, november 13th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. japan's prime minister is getting caught up in his own words. yoshihiko noda suggested a few months ago he would call an election. members of the opposition are putting more and more pressure on him to follow through. but he faces divisions within his democratic party. noda said during the summer that he would call an election in his words some time soon. he says he stands by his promise. >> translator: i am responsible for my own words, and i take their weight very seriously. >> noda told his party's secretary general on sunday that he's thinking of dissolving the lower house by the end of the year. noda set three conditions for calling the elections including passing a debt financing bill. lawmakers expect to enact the legislation soon. kosishi says dissolving the diet would create a political vacuum. >>> we may soon see more american oil tycoons. yu yu yu yu yuko fukushima joins us now. >> we're hearing that the united states will become the world's la
KCSMMHZ
Nov 3, 2012 8:00am PDT
make it back home alive. then he died. >> thomas and his brother used to make music together. now thomas must compose songs -- like the one on his cell phone -- on his own. malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes. we travelled through western kenya to see how people are trying to protect themselves against it. like at this school in kisii. the children learn how to protect themselves from mosquitoes in a playful way. but there's still a lot of fear.. >> i'm scared. one day i saw my friend being bitten. i was sleeping with my friend and i saw him bitten and he was crying for help. >> his friend is fine and the boys are learning how to live with their fear. gadson sings a rap song he wrote to reassure his fellow pupils. the song's message is that something can be done about malaria. and something is being done in this green portable building. here two aid organizations -- the kenya ngos alliance against malaria and british international health charity merlin -- are working together. they also receive support from the us agency for international development. their
KCSMMHZ
Nov 27, 2012 2:30pm PST
government cuts and austerity measures. >> they are driving us to poverty and hunger. is that going to make it better for greece? i don't think so. in the next three years, 200,000 people will lose their jobs just like that. >> those of austerity measures are expected to cost more than 20,000 public workers their jobs. >> for the latest, let's go now live to our correspondent, who joins us live from athens. how much time does this by greece, and what does athens need to do now? how many cuts need to be made? >> the expectations are that there will be a breathing space for greece now up until the end of the first quarter, until march of next year. the money is expected to start flowing into greece in mid- december. but one point to remember here is that much of that money has already been spent, in a sense. this has taken nine months nearly to organize this new bailout, so government departments zero lots of money to suppliers. banks have not been able to make many loans, so the money that is going to be coming initially in a sense has been already spent and is not really going to go into th
KCSMMHZ
Nov 6, 2012 2:30pm PST
seen cases of files being destroyed that could possibly have given us more evidence in this case. we have seen a couple of high- level resignations over this case already. there is a great deal of speculation now about weather the right wing npd party in germany will be banned again. there are efforts to ban that once again. we are come -- awaiting the completion of the committee's work. we expect a report to be filed at the end of the year, but we can expect reforms to germany's domestic intelligence services. >> we thank you very much for that. major strikes paralyzed the greek capital once again. unions representing more than 4 million workers called the walkout in protest of the austerity program. a new package of cuts intended to usher in a fifth consecutive cut to pensions, an increase in the retirement age, and reductions to salary benefits and health care, is due to be voted on in parliament on wednesday. >> the prime minister has promised these will be the last cuts in wages and pensions, but says the country has no choice. if the package is rejected, greece would not be
KCSMMHZ
Nov 22, 2012 2:30pm PST
, and decisions. fill us in on this breaking story. >> yesterday's celebrated mediator is taking really dictatorial powers in a constitutional decision by the president. he gave himself all necessary means. he fired the prosecutor general. he ordered trials for those accused of violence in the revolution to be reopened. he is also giving the constitution assembly more time, but at the same time, the constitution assembly is getting immunity from any legal interference, and his own decision cannot be legally challenged. people are still trying to understand and still trying to digest it. the former head of the nuclear agency in vienna -- the question is very much what he will do with his new power. is he going to push egyptian institutions forward, or will he miss use or abuse it? >> another question briefly, if you could -- this is a fast- moving story, how will this affect his role as a regional power broker, especially if it comes six, us? >> -- comes to hamas? >> the question is what will happen with egypt itself. we have a democratically elected president who gave themselves
KCSMMHZ
Nov 29, 2012 2:30pm PST
use force against protesting farmers and monks. for the palestinian leadership is set to receive huge support for united nations recognition of a palestinian state today, despite strong u.s. and israeli opposition. >> in europe is also divided on the move. a majority of the 27-nation european union including france and spain, is expected to back the palestinians. germany, on the other hand, said it would abstain, and britain is expected to do so as well. >> hundreds of palestinian flags flying in support of statehood. people await the outcome of the united nations vote with bated breath. many have been waiting for this for a long time. recognition of a palestinian state by the united nations. >> today is a very important day for the palestinian people. we are excited. we are happy. we think the international community will not be disappointed at this time. i hope. >> palestinians are pushing to have their united nations status of credit to that of a so- called non member observer state, which does not include voting rights but brings with it the symbolic recognition of statehood. it w
KCSMMHZ
Nov 7, 2012 2:30pm PST
cuts in greece. >> thanks for joining us. barack obama has won his second term in office as president of the united states, but his celebrations will be short-lived as the multitude of urgent issues on his desk draws him back to work without delay. >> the first order of business will be to negotiate a new budget deal in congress by the end of the year. otherwise, and harsh plan of spending cuts and tax increases are due to go into effect. we will hear more about that later on in the show, but first, a look back at how things play out on election night in the u.s. >> his face said it all -- president barack obama had to fight hard to keep his job in a tough race against his republican challenger, but once the result was clear, his first message to the american people was one of unity. >> it does not matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. it does not matter weather you are black or white or hispanic or asian or native american or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in america. [applause] these --
KCSMMHZ
Nov 8, 2012 6:00am PST
us from beijing. james? >> reporter: yes, gene, it's a brisk 7 degrees celsius here in beijing, and the city is now abuzz that the congress is under way. signs and banners bearing slogans are everywhere. some read "cheers to the great chinese communist party," for without the communist party, there would be no new china. this is a major political event, and authorities carefully orchestrate every detail. i went for a tour of beijing to see what they've done. signs of the congress are everywhere in beijing -- flowers, elegant decorations and banners. when i got into a taxi, i found another sign. ahead of the party congress, local authorities here in beijing have instructed all taxis to take the handles off so that people can't open the windows. chinese authorities are trying to prevent activists from throwing antigovernment leaflets out of the windows of moving taxis. police in beijing have put strict traffic checks in place for vehicles entering the capital. government authorities have mobilized an army of volunteers to help with security. they say 1.4 million citizens are taking pa
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Nov 29, 2012 6:00am PST
. people used it to transport water and goods to and from lake biwa in neighboring shiga prefecture. many protested its construction at the time because it is so drastically different from the rest of the temple. but now people say it fits right in. you can hear the water trickling through even today. and behind the aqueduct, you see the beautiful mountains right outside the city. well, it's beautiful and lovely, but it's also very romantic. the aqueduct is part of a path to the temple where couples can take a stroll pimt's all beautiful here at nanzanji and you can only enjoy it for just a short while longer. they say the leaves will stay on the trees until early december. in kyoto, i'm rina nakano, nhk world. >> rina will be back on friday with our final segment in our autumn series from kyoto. >>> thousands of people waiting to go home. tons of debris waiting for disposal. vast tracts of land waiting to be restored. overcoming the challenges of japan's 2011 disaster won't be easy. but step by step, people rl moving forward. find out how on "the road ahead" every wednesday at is p
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Nov 11, 2012 5:30pm PST
ramin standing by for us at the tokyo stock exchange. we saw big losses across the board for stocks globally last week. what's expected this week. >> good morning. there's some concerns for global stocks, and we see their concerns about the so-called fiscal cliff, of course, in the united states. a combination of tax increases exami and spending cuts and could push the u.s. economy into a recession as all eyes are on how that develops. here in japan, too, the nikkei was down 3.75% last week, so we saw that play into the markets as well. the gdp figure is coming at 0.9% for the july-to-september period. we'll see how that is translating into the opening levels. let's go to the opening levels for the nikkei and topix for many monday, november 12th. both indices are down by half a percent there. the nikkei closed out last week at a four-week low as the yen gained against the dollar and euro. the japanese currency rose. really investors shifting money into yen-based assets and the higher yen weighing on export issues. this is at a time when many japanese corporations are releasing poor
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Nov 21, 2012 6:00am PST
shelters. >> we went down, inside the room, we were five of us and we closed the door and we waited for about eight or ten seconds, and then was the first fall. >> no one in the family was hurt, but the rocket attacks have killed five people in israel. he thinks the israeli forces will have to attack gaza to stop the rockets. >> doing something is something we have to do. not staying or waiting or trying or only talking. i think we should make it. >> the gaza strip in palestine suffered more serious damage. israeli attacks killed more than 130 civilians. this house was bombed by the israeli air strike on sunday. 11 people were killed. nine of them were women and children. >> translator: women and children were having a meal at home when the bomb hit. why did they have to be killed? the house was totally destroyed. it was a scene of carnage. >> reporter: the search continues for anyone who remains missing. the israeli military says people linked to hamas lived in the house. the attack was criticized because many civilians were killed. israelis have begun an investigation. a funeral was h
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Nov 13, 2012 6:00am PST
changing leaders. i'm expecting ishihara to lift us out of this slump. >> translator: he performed well as a tokyo governor, so i have high hopes for him. >> reporter: but ishihara's power base is uncertain. the new party has only five members, all from the former sunrise party of japan. so ishihara has already started seeking collaboration with the japan restoration party. whether ishihara can really become the major third power depends on if we can achieve the tie-ups with the other parties. ishihara also needs to appeal to many floating voters because they are one of the major determinants of the shift of power in the next general election. mitsuko nishikawa, nhk world, tokyo. >>> the most powerful people in china are now busy deciding the country's future. communist party members have been in beijing since thursday at their national congress. attendants are excited about the hottest topic on the table -- who will make up china's next generation of leaders. party officials will reportedly unveil the new lineup on thursday. but a human rights campaigner says the only way china can move f
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Nov 12, 2012 6:00am PST
hold the election in the near future. he used the word "soon," and noda has been trying to find a suitable time to dissolve the diet. but the election can take place next month at the earliest. but as the polls suggest, this may not be a favorable time for noda or his party. he knows that an election held now could lead to a dramatic drop in the number of lawmakers sitting alongside him. but there is no guarantee, on the other hand, that the outlook will improve, even if he postpones the vote. sooner or later noda will have to make that decision. >>> china's hu jintao has overseen an economy that's expanded year after year during his ten years as president. but many rural chinese have missed out. they've watched their neighbors get wealthier and wealthier. that's left many seething with resentment. and some are trying to find solace in their faith. nhk world's michitaka yamaka explains. >> reporter: about 300 people live in this village on the yellow river in gansu province. more than two-thirds of the residents work the ground. that includes this man. he lives with his wife. thei
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Nov 19, 2012 2:30pm PST
. joining us here in the studio, are middle eastern experts. michael, a lot of diplomatic efforts. how were they going? >> the israelis are very much aware of the difficulties, should there really invade the gaza strip. they will face a very strong opposition. public favors lot in their side should really be an onslaught. both of the israelis and hamas leadership wanted solution to the crisis that makes them appear as the winner of this bargain. i think we will see more difficult days ahead but i do not see any likelihood for the time being that they will really decide to invade gaza one more time. >> a lot has changed in the middle east over the last few days. how has the arabs bring influence the palestinian- israeli situation and? >> we have the muslim brotherhood in power now in cairo. it is a democratically involved government so it is very difficult for anyone to say they do not want to do business with these people. it does not make sense to continue negotiating discussions with the egyptian government and not talk to hamas which is really a branch from the same tree. hamas is t
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Nov 27, 2012 9:30am PST
. they did not ask any questions. they just tore it all down. >> he shows us the photos on his cell phone. the ruins of his existence. again. but he says they are determined not to give up. the protests will continue. >> well, from of a need to france now. ask anyone the question -- what are the french most famous for? it is likely that the answer -- well, one of the answers anyway -- would be producing wine, but a growing number of those world famous vineyards are being bought up by the chinese as a new middle class in china is starting to develop a taste for french wine. investors are seeing new opportunities in the big wine regions, and not unexpectedly, it is a development which is not popular with some of the french. >> it seems everything she turns her hand to is a success. she is one of china's biggest celebrities -- singer, model, actress -- and now honor of a prestigious french vineyard. it was in french hands for four centuries before the chinese came. in china, red wine has become the latest new thing, and increasing numbers of chinese are heading to france to invest in their v
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Nov 15, 2012 6:00am PST
institute of international affairs who gave us some insight on the party's transition of power. >> he capitalized his role as coordinator rather than the leader. and he was inciting on how he carried on with the tasks established by his predecessor and how he sensed a need of the people in the locality and he formed consensus. so i don't think he's bent on taking a very strong leadership. so i think he will try very hard to forge consensus rather than leading. five new members are all over 64. and it's a current rule that anybody under 60 -- over 68 would not qualify to be on the committee is going to be applied next time. they will all have to go. so this is not the kind of makeup of the top echelon which is going to last for ten years. there will be another tug-of-war for top positions in a few years. the newly appointed vice chairman of this position are both a prodigy of hu jintao, so i think he felt very safe to step down. secondly, i think he wanted to strengthen institutional development of chinese political system. and he wanted to stop the practice of outgoing leadership cont
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Nov 4, 2012 8:00am PST
sitting in this auditorium, those in overflow rooms, those who are listening to us or watching us in various media and who will intersect us on the internet sometime in the next days and weeks. i'm jane harman, president and ceo of the wilson center. and as some of you know, we recently joined forces with npr to create this year-long public event series that we call the national conversation. npr's president and ceo, my california buddy gary knell who has a muppet, which is an improvement on himself, named after him for his roles, his role before on running sesame street is sitting in the front row, as is joe gildenhorn, ambassador joe gildenhorn who is the chairman of the wilson center board of trustees. and i'd like to welcome many other friends here today. my hope is that this series will provide the public, that is you, with new opportunities to engage in much-needed civil discourse free from spin, imagine that in this election season, in the safe political space that the wilson center provides. for today's event, the wilson center and npr, partnered with the chicago council on g
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Nov 3, 2012 8:30am PDT
. good to have you with us today. ukrainians who are putting their hopes outside parliament. why britons are divided. and god's mission -- a trip along the dutch bible belt. the ukraine has been in a state of political paralysis for several years now. there are power struggles going on on many levels. ukrainians have been waiting to go to the polls for four years, but only now are parliamentary elections taking place. the eu is watching with some suspicion, especially after the controversial jailing of the former prime minister. her political archenemy still leads the country as president. and an increasing number of ukrainians are asking themselves who they can trust that all. one thing is clear -- it is not the political elite. >> it is quite an animated evening. an amateur ensembles stages a comedy about marriage, but it is less about love that about the dowry, money, and influence. just like in ukrainian politics says this journalist who invited the actors to come to kiev's old market. the building has long since become a symbol. influential businessme want to privatize it, b
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Nov 27, 2012 6:00am PST
use of wind-generated power sometime after 2015. they also decided to try by 2030 to set up a system that will automatically control and save energy use in all households in the country. the government has been trying to draft a green energy plan since september, hoping to put it together by the end of the year. but it's uncertain whether this target will be met. that's because the lower house has been dissolved and a general election is scheduled for next month. >>> eurozone finance chiefs have finally reached an agreement on a greek bailout. they have also decided to offer 43.7 billion euros or about $57 billion in loans. the decision came after 12 hours of talks in their third round of meetings this month in brussels. >> i'm pleased to announce that today we reached a political agreement on the next disbursement to greece. let me first say that this is not just about money. this is the promise of a better future for the greek people and for the euro area as a whole. >> the ministers agreed on a new goal of reducing greece's debt to 124% of gross domestic product by 2020. to
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Nov 5, 2012 6:00am PST
jersey, another hard-hit area, are planning to use public buildings to allow voters to cast their ballots. hurricane sandy has killed 91 people across nine states. more than 1.8 million households remain without power. experts say providing shelter to the displaced is an urgent issue as they expect cold northwesterly winds to push temperatures down. >>> americans who are able to vote tuesday will judge the presidential candidates on a range of issues. one of them is their stance on china. some americans consider the world's second largest economy a threat. obama and romney have tried to reflect that sentiment, but as nhk world's susumu kojima tells us, campaign sound bites don't necessarily tell the full story. >> reporter: the employees in wisconsin know the pressures of their industry all too well. they watched colleague after colleague lose it because of competition from chinese factories. chinese companies break trade rules by setting imports at a loss, which pushed him to slash his workforce and hold off on expansion plans. >> any type of elected official should stand up for a level
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Nov 8, 2012 2:30pm PST
the party. everything is so opaque. there's no way for us to gauge how corrupt the system is, the party is there. basically, he is telling people -- get things in order behind closed doors or else the whole thing is going to blow up. >> possibly, yes. what china's leadership has learned is that tiny little events may have a major impact internationally but also in certain countries. look at northern africa and egypt, tunisia. they have studied these processes very intensely, and they know -- they have roughly 100,000 incidents of social unrest a year. >> what do we expect -- what are you expecting from the new leadership in terms of foreign policy? >> mostly a continuation of policies as we have seen the mayan past. china's major priority to stability in as regional environment but also globally. china needs stability in order to promote economic policies. >> thank you very much for coming in to talk with us. >> you are welcome. >> we will also have a look at the politically sensitive topic of rich and poor in china, a gap that has widened over the past 10 years, coming a little b
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Nov 21, 2012 2:30pm PST
to cairo where the cease-fire was announced. tell us a bit more about the terms of today's deal. >> the details are still coming in, but it is pretty much what we reported a day ago -- basically, israel stop shooting at the gaza strip and stock -- stopped the targets of the killing, and on the other hand, the palestinians will stop shooting rockets on to israel, but there are some points that still need clarification. there is some kind of opening of the borders of the gaza strip within 24 hours, but we need more details of what is exactly means. the first point is that egypt is the guarantor of the cease-fire. >> let's talk about the role of egypt here. it has been a huge test of egyptian diplomacy and for its new president. is this a victory for him, would you say, or did hillary clinton's intervention make a big difference? >> no, i think it is certainly a victory. by the way, lots of praise from the americans for the mediating role of the egyptians. for now, if the ceasefire stands and will hold, which is of course still a question, it will be seen as a success story. >> tha
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Nov 24, 2012 8:30am PST
. good to have you with us. here is what we have today. czech republic. why the church is waiting for compensation. france, how a famous culinary delight has caused a big controversy. and poland, why you should never drink and drive very or even cycle. >> when the iron curtain fell, the countries of eastern europe had to redefine the relationship between church and state. under communist rule, there was little tolerance for organized religion in church property and land was expropriated wholesale. today, the czech republic was one of the last former soviet satellites where the church has still not received compensation. >> the father believes in god's grace period during his daily prayers, he also praised for the church in the czech republic. as a good christian, he knows one should never abandon hope for a miracle, but as a priest in the czech republic, he has. >> i believe in miracles. our father in heaven can do anything. when i look at the situation in the czech republic and the government, i don't see much of a chance. there is no miracle in sight. >> and merkel is needed soon in
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